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GeneralNov 23, 2020

Prominent physio fears 'medical model' could dominate in new 'long Covid' units

The physiotherapist who led the allied health professions' response at London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital earlier this year has warned that government plans for ‘long Covid’ units must include a multidisciplinary dimension.

Rachael Moses was appointed assistant director for rehabilitation and therapies at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust in London after the Nightingale units were wound down across the country. 

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Rachael Moses says allied health professionals can play a crucial role in long Covid

Asked about the plans to create long Covid units that were announced on 15 November, Ms Moses told PhysioUpdate: ‘The long Covid clinics seem to be designed as a “one stop” service where you attend and get a range of diagnostic tests and are then signposted to other existing services.

‘The one-stop clinic model works well in other specialist areas, but these are generally run by specialist multidisciplinary teams (MDTs).’

In such a model, Ms Moses said patients have access to, and are assessed by, doctors, allied health professionals (AHPs) and nurses – all often working at a very advanced or consultant levels. 

If the long Covid clinics are run by a MDT then they could be a great resource for patients. Ho...

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